Two Post-War Novels by E.C.R. Lorac: Shroud of Darkness (1954) and The Last Escape (1959)

Shroud of Darkness, my favourite of Lorac read so far, begins with a train journey on a foggy night. Five strangers in a compartment reach London when one of them is coshed on the head and left for dead. As he has no identification-papers on him and his luggage etc has been stolen, Macdonald has … Continue reading Two Post-War Novels by E.C.R. Lorac: Shroud of Darkness (1954) and The Last Escape (1959)

Two books by Joan Fleming: Miss Bones (1959) & The Chill and the Kill (1964)

I read Joan Fleming for the first time last year because the cover of her book, The Chill and the Kill, had me intrigued when I first read about the book at John Norris' iconic Pretty Sinister Books. The cover with its serpentine female figure reminded me of the Indian legend of the shape-shifting Nagins, … Continue reading Two books by Joan Fleming: Miss Bones (1959) & The Chill and the Kill (1964)

Forgotten Book: Sleep Long, My Love by Hillary Waugh (1959)

Now he knew he would have to kill her. The Police Procedural is one of my favourite kind of mysteries and by that I don't mean A Higher Up from the Scotland Yard solving a case with perhaps one assistant whom he converses with a little but rather a whole team working together to bring … Continue reading Forgotten Book: Sleep Long, My Love by Hillary Waugh (1959)

Forgotten Books: Three Arthur Crook Novels by Anthony Gilbert

"Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow worldLike a colossus, and we petty menWalk under his huge legs, and peep aboutTo find ourselves dishonorable graves...."One thing that I have always found problematic is the grading of writers. He/she is an A list author, we are told, the other is a B-lister. Who, I wonder, makes … Continue reading Forgotten Books: Three Arthur Crook Novels by Anthony Gilbert

Forgotten Books: Five Mysteries by Rhode, Rinehart, Jackson, and Vine

Very brief descriptions of five mysteries read at the fag-end of this year.The Murders in Praed Street by John Rhode (1928)A book which begins extremely well as a man receives a call from a hospital to come and identify a body. He reaches there only to be told that no such call had been made … Continue reading Forgotten Books: Five Mysteries by Rhode, Rinehart, Jackson, and Vine